Sheriffs should resist new gun laws

To the editor:

There are 62 counties in New York. Each county has an elected sheriff. The sheriff is the highest law-enforcement officer in the county. He does not work for the state of New York. He does not work for President Obama. A sheriff’s lawful authority in his county supersedes that of any state or federal law enforcement.

That being the case, county sheriffs have the ability to be an effective constitutional line of defense against tyranny. They can interpose to prevent citizens in their county from being victimized by higher levels of government. They can tell those authorities to back off. This is nothing new. It has been done before. There is legal precedent.

Gov. Cuomo’s new gun legislation is the most alarming threat to constitutional freedom that I have ever experienced. It amounts to harassment and unmitigated tyranny against every law-abiding gun owner in New York state. The sheriffs of New York can stop this unjust law in its tracks by refusing to participate with the state in its schemes to defraud responsible citizens of their Second Amendment rights. More than 50 county sheriffs throughout the country have already committed to doing this.

I encourage all concerned New Yorkers to contact their county sheriff and voice support for him to oppose gun-control tyranny from Albany or Washington.

Yes, this is a serious measure to take. But the legislative oppression that law-abiding gun owners are facing demands a serious response.

Herrick Kimball